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June 16, 1959

June 16, 1959, was a Tuesday. It was the 167th day of 1959. The decade was the fifties.

64 years, 8 months, and 15 days have passed since June 16, 1959.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on June 16, 1959:

  • Actor George Reeves commits suicide at his home in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.
Birthdays

Born on June 16, 1959

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: June 16, 1959

The best-selling single on June 16, 1959 was "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton.

The Billboard Hot 100 on June 16, 1959

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
  • Personality - Lloyd Price and His Orchestra
  • Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
  • Quiet Village - The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny
  • Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
Play the top songs from 1959
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1959. Take a trip back to the days of The Platters, Frankie Avalon, The Fleetwoods and Johnny Horton.
The Young Philadelphians

Top movie

The movie "The Young Philadelphians" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 23,635 days ago. Approximately 788 months have passed. It was the 167th day of 1959, in week 25. The decade was the fifties. People born on this day are currently 64 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. We have gone through approximately 263 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to June 16, 1959

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Tuesday, June 16, 1959. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. The summer of 1959 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September.

In music, the song "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is the President of the United States, and the movie The Young Philadelphians is at the top of the box office. Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In fashion, women are sporting chemise dresses, sheaths, sack dresses and straight-cut suits. Short boxy jackets and shift dresses are also beginning to become popular. Meanwhile, a lot of men are sporting a "Teddy Boy" style that involves leather jackets, greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. Men are also wearing formal suits as daywear. Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. It's 1959, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing hit songs from artists such as Johnny Horton, Bobby Darin, Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka, The Browns, The Fleetwoods and Wilbert Harrison.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Clark Gable would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Have Gun - Will Travel", "Perry Mason", and "Maverick". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Father Knows Best", "Captain Kangaroo", "Captain Pugwash", and "Leave It to Beaver".

Popular toys at the moment include Spinning Tops, Play-Doh, Metal House robots, and the Hula Hoop.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on June 16, 1959.

  • George Reeves commits suicide.

    George Reeves commits suicide

    On June 16th, 1959, Superman actor George Reeves died from a gunshot wound at his home in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles. He was 45 years old. Although his death was officially ruled as a suicide, many people believe that it was actually a murder or an accidental shooting.
  • Trouble is brewing in Vietnam.

    Trouble is brewing in Vietnam

    By this time, communist forces in North Vietnam had committed themselves to invading South Vietnam. The Ho Chi Minh trail was established and expanded and guerrilla warfare attacks were being carried out against the US-backed Diệm government in the south. It was during this time that the United States started to slowly escalate its involvement in the conflict.
  • Barbie is introduced.

    Barbie is introduced

    The first Barbie toy doll was introduced in March 1959. The doll came in both blonde and brunette colors. It also had a modest sideways glance.
  • Phonebooth stuffing has become a fad.

    Phonebooth stuffing has become a fad

    In 1959, a new fad swept across South Africa, the United States, Canada, and Britain. This fad was called "phonebooth stuffing". As the name suggests, it involved trying to fit as many people into a telephone booth as possible.
  • Movies from 1959.

    Movies from 1959

    The most popular movies in 1958 were Ben-Hur, The Shaggy Dog, Operation Petticoat, Some Like It Hot, Pillow Talk, Imitation of Life, "Suddenly, Last Summer", Rio Bravo and The Nun's Story.
  • 1959 in music.

    1959 in music

    The radio stations in 1959 were dominated by artists such as Johnny Horton, Bobby Darin, Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka, The Browns, The Fleetwoods and Wilbert Harrison.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was named Time Person of the Year in 1959.
  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars

    Tailfins on cars were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses

    Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming

    The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

    More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on June 16, 1959.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to June 16, 1959.

  • May 19, 1959: The Ho Chi Minh Trail begins as communist forces in North Vietnam start their plans to invade South Vietnam.
  • June 3, 1959: Spanish club Real Madrid defeat French side Reims 2-0 in the 1959 European Cup Final.
  • June 8, 1959: Ray Charles releases his single "What'd I Say".
  • This date: June 16, 1959
  • June 20, 1959: 35 people lose their lives after a hurricane strikes the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Canada.
  • June 24, 1959: The movie "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" is released.
  • June 30, 1959: 11 students and 6 nearby residents are killed when an American jet crashes into a school in Okinawa, Japan.
  • July 15, 1959: The "Steel strike of 1959" begins in the United States.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on June 16, 1959, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1959 was the year of the Pig (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: June 16, 1959 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of June will have the birthstones Pearl and Alexandrite.
  • Birth flower (June): The Rose and the Honeysuckle.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV series on June 16, 1959

TV audiences were watching the following shows on June 16, 1959:

TV shows from June 1959.

Rawhide
Rawhide
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Casey Jones
Casey Jones
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Wagon Train
Wagon Train
Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Fury
Fury
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
What's My Line?
What's My Line?
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show

Cars in 1959

1959 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Falcon, the Chevrolet El Camino, the BMW 700, the Mini, the Buick Electra, and the Studebaker Lark.

Cars in 1959.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on June 16, 1959

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1959:

Clutch Cargo
Clutch Cargo
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Felix the Cat
Felix the Cat

The Rifleman
The Rifleman
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Ruff and Reddy Show
The Ruff and Reddy Show
Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver
Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash
Colonel Bleep
Colonel Bleep
Tom Terrific
Tom Terrific
Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle
The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
The Mickey Mouse Club
The Mickey Mouse Club
Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best
Lassie
Lassie
Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1959

Toys and games that were popular in 1959:

Crater Critters
Crater Critters
Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price Little People
The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop
Metal House robots
Metal House robots
The Frisbee
The Frisbee
Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy
Play-Doh
Play-Doh
Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars
Colorforms
Colorforms
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)
Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops
Toy Guns
Toy Guns
Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on June 16, 1959?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1959.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out June 16, 1965, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on June 16.

Geronimo

Geronimo

Historical figure Deceased
Born on June 16, 1829
He was not alive on this date.

Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp

German football manager
Born on June 16, 1967
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

MC Ren

MC Ren

Rapper
Born on June 16, 1969
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Rap artist Deceased
Born on June 16, 1971
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Camila Morrone

Camila Morrone

Model
Born on June 16, 1997
She was born exactly 38 years after this date.

USA

US President

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on June 16, 1959.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on June 16, 1959 was most likely conceived around September 23, 1958.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on June 16, 1959 is close to March 8, 1960.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about June 16, 1959:

  • 23,635 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,376 weeks have passed.
  • 2,042,067,600 seconds have passed since June 16, 1959.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,382,412,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,053,706,881,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 340,344,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 175,617,814 steps. That's roughly 78,052 miles!
  • Since this date, 24,504,811 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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